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30 Things To Do Instead of Spending Money

Beat Boredom Without Spending a Dime

-- By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer

Living more frugally can be a challenge, especially when you're accustomed to spending money to entertain yourself or deal with unwanted feelings like boredom, loneliness or sadness. Next time you can't think of something to do in place of shopping, turn to this list of ideas.

  • Balance your checkbook.
  • Watch a movie.
  • Go to the library.
  • Play with your pet.
  • Ride a bike.
  • Knit, crochet, quilt or sew.
  • Organize a drawer, closet or folder.
  • Post on the Message Boards.
  • Work in the yard or garden.
  • Read a book.
  • Call a friend.
  • Bake cookies.
  • Play with your kids.
  • Exercise.
  • Volunteer at a shelter, a school, or a nursing home.
  • Visit a museum.
  • Clean your house.
  • Meditate or pray.
  • Take a walk around the block.
  • Take a long, hot bath.
  • Lie down outside and watch the clouds (or stars).
  • Take a nap.
  • Write in a journal.
  • Eat a healthy snack.
  • Check your email.
  • Cook a meal from scratch.
  • Listen to your favorite song.
  • Write a letter to a loved one.
  • Meet a friend for a cup of coffee.
  • Look at a photo album.
What do you do instead of spending money? Share your ideas in the Comments section of this article.
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